Just weeks after becoming the newly crowned US Champion, Sam Shankland won the 2018 Capablanca Memorial by a convincing 1.5 point margin.
Congratulations to Ju Wenjun, who became the 17th Women’s World Champion on Friday, May 18!
Trailing by 2 points to Ju Wenjun at the halfway mark, Tan Zhongyi struck back in round 6 with a 125-move display of determination.
The Women’s World Championship has been a lively match so far, loaded with king attacks and tactical combinations–with 80% of the games ending decisively!
Sharpen your tactics with puzzles from the games of the top 3 finishers of the US Women’s Championships, Nazi Paikidze, Annie Wang, and Irina Krush!
In both the overall and women’s championships, two huge underdogs are leading. Sam Shankland is tied for 1st along with Fabiano Caruana, and Annie Wang is the sole leader of the women’s section by a full point!
In my tournament previews, I often write very balanced and nuanced assessments of each of the players. This will not be one of those.
For this preview, I’m going write “Greg Shahade style” and candidly give my intuitive thoughts.
This weekend the PRO Chess League is jumping out of our computer screens into real life—The playoffs will culminate with a two-day Finals battle between the four division winners in San Francisco!
Relive the key moments on Caruana’s journey to become Carlsen’s Challenger.
Every one of these GMs has a number of achievements, reached impressive peak ratings, and shown the ability to play brilliant games. So, what will make the difference?
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